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Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said ‘States Have No Role in Giving Citizenships’

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor during a demonstration against Citizenship (Amendment) Act, outside Jamia Milia Islamia University in New Delhi. Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said on Thursday, 23 January, that bringing in resolutions against the CAA is more of a “political gesture” by the states as they hardly have any role in granting citizenships.The lawmaker said that in the implementation of the National Population Register (NPR) and the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC), the states will have a vital part as it will be their officials who will conduct the exercise because the Centre doesn’t have the required manpower.”That’s more of a political gesture. The citizenship is given by the federal government only and obviously no states can give citizenship, so it has nothing for them to implement or not implement,” Tharoor said.

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